23 Feb 2005

Family of missing French Polynesian journalist lays complaint against Presidential GIP service

4:35 pm on 23 February 2005

The family of a French Polynesian journalist who disappeared seven years ago has laid a murder complaint against the presidential GIP service.

Jean Pascale Couraud vanished in 1997 and was initially believed to have committed suicide.

The case was closed but last year, a former spy working for the GIP Vetea Guilloux, claimed the journalist was kidnapped and drowned off Tahiti.

The journalist's brother, Phillipe Couraud, says the family met with a judge and have laid a complaint.

"The complaint at the beginning was complex, but it is based on the declaration of Vetea Guilloux so the complaint is against the GIP and the guys at GIP."

Mr Couraud says the judge will conduct interviews to determine whether Guilloux's declaration was credible.